Of course, your choice of fireplace materials is not limited to bricks and concrete. Find out more inspiring ideas and tips from Part 2 of our post.
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Iron and steel
Such type of finishing can be either sophisticated and elegant or brutal and austere; the range of your feelings will depend on the amounts of steel and iron in your “hot friend”. When steel is represented only in small elements and details of the fireplace decoration it’s one thing, and when your interior fire pit is stylized as a cast iron wood stove and forms the centerpiece of the room, it is quite another thing.
Note: A metal fireplace heats up as rapidly as it gets cold. So, the process of heat loss flows accordingly. Still, in terms of aesthetics preference is expressed for brick and stone finishes.
A stone fireplace is an extremely durable and reliable project that, when designed and made properly, is expected to outlive the house it’s installed in. Besides obvious ecological safety, stone has such marvelous features as resistance to high ambient heat and deformation and a wonderful ability to conserve heat.
But high prices and rugged styling of such a fireplace limit the use of stone to decoration of the front part only. However, there are some possible variations: if a room with the fireplace is spacious and light, with enough daylight coming through big windows, you may even decorate the entire wall, from floor to ceiling, with stone. But when it comes to small and middle-sized spaces, you’d better not abuse this material – massive stones are able to “suppress” interiors and oppress people.
Ceramic decoration of a fireplace or its surround can become a piece of art in your interior. Of course, it’s quite time-consuming, but in the end you’ll be a proud owner of something one-of-a-kind. Such fireplaces remind of grand palace interiors, elegance and sophistication. Besides, this beauty gives warmth to your living room and your heart and soul.